Dr. Kimberly shares tips on how to talk with your teen about COVID-19.
Newest update is that COVID-19 has affected our youth. There have been no reported fatalities as of today, March 20, 2020 regarding COVID-19 and teens or young adults.
This video was produced just hours before the latest update on youth and COVID-19 on March 19th. Nevertheless, the tips are still relevant.
1. Take initiative and talk to your teen about COVID-19
2. Answer their questions honestly and concisely. Too many details can overwhelm your teen.
3. Ask them what they have heard through the news, social media, and from peers. Allow them to express their feelings and do give them the facts.
4. Be grounded and calm when talking with your teen. If you are feeling anxious or fearful, your teen will likely mimic/feel these emotions too.
5. Reassure your teen with safety measures and focus on what they can do to stay safe, such as washing their hands for 20 seconds after being in any public area.
6. Establish family meetings so they have a place to be heard and can contribute to family decisions. This helps to keep the dialogue open when they feel a need to vent or have more questions.
7. Stick to normal routines as if they were in school. Boundaries and routines help your teen to feel safe.
8. Explore life skills with your teen, such as learning about budgeting, cooking, etc…and, encourage physical exercise for them to release stress and energy. Journaling is another option to lower cortisol levels (stress hormone).
Stay Healthy and Calm! We can be Unstoppable through COVID-19!
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